Bulgandry Art Site Aboriginal Place

Brisbane Water National Park

Overview

Brisbane Water National Park, near Kariong, is home to the amazing Bulgandry Art Site Aboriginal Place. Visit this sacred Indigenous site to see incredible Aboriginal rock art.

Type
Aboriginal sites
Where
Brisbane Water National Park
Accessibility
Medium
Price
Free
Entry fees
Park entry fees apply
What to
bring
Drinking water, hat, sunscreen

Bulgandry Art Site Aboriginal Place in Brisbane Water National Park is a special landscape, rich in ancient Aboriginal rock art of the Guringai People. There’s a wide range of well-preserved engravings to see; most of them are more than 200 years old with many perhaps ten times that age.

The name Bulgandry belongs to the large engraving of a man thought to represent an ancestral hero, depicted with an impressive headdress.

You’ll also see wallabies, fish, a dolphin and what's thought to be a canoe and a bird. Keep walking to see some stone tool sharpening grooves nearby, or simply take in the site’s beautiful bush surroundings.

Indigenous sites such as Bulgandry provide valuable insight into Aboriginal traditions, past lifestyles and previous interactions with the environment. These sites are an important part of present-day Aboriginal culture, so please remember to tread carefully and with respect.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

Current alerts in this area

There are no current alerts in this area.

Local alerts

For the latest updates on fires, closures and other alerts in this area, see https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/aboriginal-sites/bulgandry-art-site-aboriginal-place/local-alerts

Park info

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Bulgandry Art Site Aboriginal Place.

Getting there and parking

Bulgandry Art Site Aboriginal Place is located near Kariong in Brisbane Water National Park. To get there:

  • From the Central Coast Highway, take Woy Woy Road at Kariong
  • Travel approximately 3km towards Woy Woy
  • Bulgandry Art Site Aboriginal Place is located on your right

Road quality

Check the weather before you set out as the road to Bulgandry Aboriginal art site can become boggy when it rains

  • Unsealed roads

Vehicle access

  • 2WD vehicles (no long vehicle access)

Weather restrictions

  • All weather

Parking

Parking is available at Bulgandry Aboriginal art site, including several designated disabled spots.

Best times to visit

There are lots of great things waiting for you in Brisbane Water National Park. Here are some of the highlights.

Autumn

The cooler weather makes it a perfect time to find a waterfall walking track, and keep an eye out for ancient Aboriginal engravings along the way.

Spring

Pack a picnic lunch and soak up the delightful sights and sounds of spring. Relax among the wildflowers and wildlife as the Hawkesbury River flows by.

Summer

Take advantage of the warmer summer weather and paddle down Patonga Creek or Mooney Mooney Creek in a canoe.

Weather, temperature and rainfall

Summer temperature

Average

15°C and 27°C

Highest recorded

43.8°C

Winter temperature

Average

5°C and 19°C

Lowest recorded

-4.2°C

Rainfall

Wettest month

March

Driest month

September

The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

218.4mm

Facilities

Drinking water is limited or not available in this area, so it’s a good idea to bring your own.

Carpark

Maps and downloads

Safety messages

Mobile safety

Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency + app before you visit, it helps emergency services locate you using your smartphone's GPS. Please note there is limited mobile phone reception in this park and you’ll need mobile reception to call Triple Zero (000).

Accessibility

Disability access level - medium

  • Assistance may be required as there is loose gravel on the path, but boardwalk is suitable.

Prohibited

Pets

Pets and domestic animals (other than certified assistance animals) are not permitted. Find out which regional parks allow dog walking and see the pets in parks policy for more information.

Smoking

NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

Learn more

Bulgandry Art Site Aboriginal Place is in Brisbane Water National Park. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

A haven for wildlife

Powerful owl. Photo: Rosie Nicolai/OEH

Brisbane Water National Park is home to an incredible 270 native animal species. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife and bird life such as the threatened spotted tailed quoll, the rare glossy black cockatoo and powerful owl. You might be lucky enough to share a picnic at Girrakool picnic area with a few wallabies who love this peaceful place.

  • Girrakool loop track A lovely way to finish a barbecue, the Girrakool loop track is a short and easy walk through bushland, featuring an Aboriginal rock engraving site and scenic waterfalls.
  • Great North walk stage 9: Rainforest walk Enjoy the spectacular views and scenic landscape on this challenging Great North walk. In stage 9, you’ll walk 16km through temperate rainforest within Brisbane Water National Park, near Gosford.
  • Hanging swamp and Tommos loop walk Enjoy a refreshing 6km, 5-hour guided walk in Brisbane Water National Park. There's lots to see, with fantastic views and a dazzling display of wildflowers only minutes from Woy Woy.
  • Patonga to Pearl Beach - waratahs Join this stunning 4-hour, 9km guided walk and explore the wonders of Brisbane Water National Park. This walk starts at Patonga and finishes at Pearl Beach.
  • Tommos loop and Rocky Ponds cycling loop Mountain biking enthusiasts will enjoy the challenging Tommos loop and Rocky Ponds cycling loop, a 20km bushland ride taking in scenic Central Coast views.

A wonderland of wildflowers

Red spider flower in Brisbane Water National Park. Photo: Rosie Nicolai/OEH

Located 12km from Gosford, the park covers 12,000ha of rugged sandstone country, and boarders the Hawkesbury river, which feeds cascading waterfalls. The landscape is gorgeous all year round, especially from late winter to early spring when it comes alive with colourful wildflowers.

  • Great North walk stage 9: Rainforest walk Enjoy the spectacular views and scenic landscape on this challenging Great North walk. In stage 9, you’ll walk 16km through temperate rainforest within Brisbane Water National Park, near Gosford.
  • Hanging swamp and Tommos loop walk Enjoy a refreshing 6km, 5-hour guided walk in Brisbane Water National Park. There's lots to see, with fantastic views and a dazzling display of wildflowers only minutes from Woy Woy.
  • Mullet Creek rail tunnels walk This challenging 14km guided adventure through Brisbane Water National Park is a must for keen walkers. With great views from Mount Wondabyne, you'll also learn about the Woy Woy rail tunnel.
  • Somersby Falls picnic area A great place to picnic on the Central Coast, Somersby Falls offers barbecues and picnic tables in a lush rainforest complete with waterfalls and a walking track.
  • Warrah lookout Warrah lookout, offering scenic views of Broken Bay and the Hawkesbury River, is just a short walk from the carpark. It’s a great place to see Waratahs in season.

Ancient landscapes

Aboriginal rock carving, Girrakool Loop track, Brisbane Water National Park. Photo: John Yurasek

Aboriginal people in the area have a long association with the landscape of Brisbane Water National Park and much evidence of this remains today in the form of rock engravings, foreshore middens and rock paintings. The flat, exposed areas of Hawkesbury sandstone within the park provide an ideal 'canvas' for Aboriginal artists, and there are hundreds of rock engraving sites throughout the park. Aboriginal sites on Hawkesbury sandstone have a distinctive style of engraving which is unique in Australia. The Bulgandry Aboriginal engraving site at Kariong is an excellent example of rock art within the park and is easily accessible.

  • Girrakool loop track A lovely way to finish a barbecue, the Girrakool loop track is a short and easy walk through bushland, featuring an Aboriginal rock engraving site and scenic waterfalls.

Stretch your legs

Warrah lookout, Brisbane Water National Park. Photo: John Yurasek

Brisbane Water National Park offers great ways to get amongst nature. Why not hop on your mountain bike and get your adrenalin pumping along the Tommos loop and Rocky Ponds cycling route? Or you can wear out your walking shoes along the Girrakool loop walking track. For the more energetic, the park is a hikers delight. Longer treks range from an hour or two to overnight on sections of the Great North walk, which passes through the park on its way from Sydney to Newcastle.

  • Girrakool picnic area A great spot for a family picnic, Girrakool picnic area has barbecues, lots of green space to run around and a scenic walking track that features Aboriginal engravings.
  • Great North walk - Brisbane Water National Park You’ll find the Wondabyne to Patonga and Patonga to Pearl Beach parts of the iconic Great North walk in Brisbane Water National Park. Take a short walk or overnight hike.

Plants and animals you may see

Animals

  • Australian pelican. Photo: Rob Cleary

    Australian pelican (Pelecanus conspicillatus)

    The curious pelican is Australia’s largest flying bird and has the longest bill of any bird in the world. These Australian birds are found throughout Australian waterways and the pelican uses its throat pouch to trawl for fish. Pelicans breed all year round, congregating in large colonies on secluded beaches and islands.

  • Koala. Photo: Lucy Morrell

    Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus)

    One of the most renowned Australian animals, the tree-dwelling marsupial koala can be found in gum tree forests and woodlands across eastern NSW, Victoria and Queensland, as well as in isolated regions in South Australia. With a vice-like grip, this perhaps most iconic but endangered Australian animal lives in tall eucalypts within a home range of several hectares.

  • Platypus climbing on to a submerged tree branch. Photo: Sharon Wormleaton/OEH

    Platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus)

    One of the most fascinating and unusual Australian animals, the duck-billed platypus, along with the echidna, are the only known monotremes, or egg-laying mammals, in existence. The platypus is generally found in permanent river systems and lakes in southern and eastern NSW and east and west of the Great Dividing Range.

Plants

  • A red triangle slug on the trunk of a scribbly gum tree in Blue Mountains National Park. Photo: Elinor Sheargold/OEH

    Scribbly gum (Eucalyptus haemastoma)

    Easily identifiable Australian native plants, scribbly gum trees are found throughout NSW coastal plains and hills in the Sydney region. The most distinctive features of this eucalypt are the ‘scribbles’ made by moth larva as it tunnels between the layers of bark.

  • Close up photo of a waratah flower, Blue Mountains National Park. Photo: Simone Cottrell/OEH.

    Waratah (Telopea speciosissima)

    The beautiful waratah is not only the NSW floral emblem, it's also one of the best-known Australian native plants. This iconic Australian bush flower can be found on sandstone ridges around Sydney, in nearby mountain ranges and on the NSW South Coast. The waratah has a vibrant crimson flowerhead, measuring up to 15cm across, and blossoms in spring.

Environments in this park

Education resources (1)

Bulgandry Aboriginal art site, Brisbane Water National Park. Photo: John Yurasek